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Niels Bohr Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Niels Bohr.

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement.
But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.
- Niels Bohr

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There are trivial truths and there are great truths.
The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false.
The opposite of a great truth is also true.
- Niels Bohr

Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true.
- Niels Bohr

There are some things so serious you have to laugh at them.
- Niels Bohr

 

A physicist is just an atom's way of looking at itself.
- Niels Bohr

Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.
- Niels Bohr

No, no, you're not thinking; you're just being logical.
- Niels Bohr

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You are not thinking.
You are merely being logical.
- Niels Bohr

Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future.
- Niels Bohr

An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made,
in a narrow field.
- Niels Bohr

If quantum mechanics hasn't profoundly shocked you,
you haven't understood it yet.
- Niels Bohr

Every sentence I utter must be understood not as an affirmation,
but as a question.
- Niels Bohr

Never express yourself more clearly than you are able to think.
- Niels Bohr

Einstein, stop telling God what to do!
- Niels Bohr

Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution.
It forces us to change our thinking in order to find it.
- Niels Bohr

Technology has advanced more in the last thirty years
than in the previous two thousand.
The exponential increase in advancement will only continue.
Anthropological Commentary The opposite of a trivial truth is false;
the opposite of a great truth is also true.
- Niels Bohr

It is wrong to think that the task of physics is to find out how Nature is.
Physics concerns what we say about Nature.
- Niels Bohr

How wonderful that we have met with a paradox.
Now we have some hope of making progress.
- Niels Bohr

An expert is someone who knows some of the worst mistakes,
which can be made, in a very narrow field.
- Niels Bohr

If anybody says he can think about quantum physics without getting giddy,
that only shows he has not understood the first thing about them.
- Niels Bohr

The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy,
but the best weapon of a democracy should be the weapon of openness.
- Niels Bohr

The opposite of a fact is falsehood,
but the opposite of one profound truth may very well
be another profound truth.
- Niels Bohr

We are all agreed that your theory is crazy.
The question which divides us is whether it is crazy
enough to have a chance of being correct.
My own feeling is that it is not crazy enough.
- Niels Bohr

When it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry.
The poet, too, is not nearly so concerned with describing
facts as with creating images.
- Niels Bohr

The opposite of courage in our society
is not cowardice, it is conformity.
- Rollo May

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex...
It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage
to move in the opposite direction.
- Albert Einstein

A friend or co-worker shares a political,
religious, economic, or social opinion
that is opposite to yours -
does that drive a wedge between your hearts?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
- Elie Wiesel

Even though your kids will consistently do the exact
opposite of what you're telling them to do,
you have to keep loving them just as much.
- Bill Cosby

Self-respect is often mistaken for arrogance
when in reality it is the opposite.
When we can recognize all our good qualities
as well as or faults with neutrality,
we can start to appreciate ourselves
as we would a dear friend
and experience the comfortable inner glow of respect.
To embrace the journey towards our full potential
we need to become our own loving teacher and coach.
Spurring ourselves on to become better human beings,
we develop true regard for ourselves,
and our life will become sacred.
- Osho

Suspended between earth and sky,
my humanity draws from both,
my tendrils reach for the energies of each.
Spirit and Ground - equal yet opposite,
the lightness and the solidarity,
the ephemeral and the substantial.
The substantial is no more and no less
than the ephemeral - merely different.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I think you're the opposite of a paranoid.
I think you go around with the insane delusion that people like you.
- the Woody Allen movie Deconstructing Harry

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference.
And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.
- Elie Wiesel

The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born -
that there is a genetic factor to leadership.
This myth asserts that people simply either
have certain charismatic qualities or not.
That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true.
Leaders are made rather than born.
- Warren G. Bennis

The IQ and the life expectancy of the average American
recently passed each other in opposite directions.
- George Carlin

The march of science and technology does not imply
growing intellectual complexity in the lives of most people.
It often means the opposite.
- Thomas Sowell

Marriage resembles a pair of shears,
so joined that they cannot be separated;
often moving in opposite directions,
yet always punishing anyone who comes between them.
- Sydney Smith

Under capitalism, man exploits man.
Under communism, it's just the opposite.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

If 'pro' is the opposite of 'con' what is the opposite of 'progress'?
- Paul Harvey

It is our experience that political leaders do not
always mean the opposite of what they say.
- Abba Eban

Every man casts a shadow;
not his body only, but his imperfectly mingled spirit.
This is his grief. Let him turn which way he will,
it falls opposite to the sun;
short at noon, long at eve. Did you never see it?
- Henry David Thoreau

Reverse every natural instinct and do the opposite
of what you are inclined to do,
and you will probably come very close to having a perfect golf swing.
- Ben Hogan

Almost every wise saying has an opposite one,
no less wise, to balance it.
- George Santayana

My first speaking part was to read for John Forsythe for Bachelor Father.
I was the lead, opposite him.
- Linda Evans

America is so vast that almost everything said about it is likely to be true,
and the opposite is probably equally true.
- James T. Farrell

Children in a family are like flowers in a bouquet:
there's always one determined to face in an opposite
direction from the way the arranger desires.
- Marcelene Cox

And, of course, they've always condemned dancing.
You know, you might touch a member of the opposite sex.
And you might get excited and you might do something natural.
- Frank McCourt

Violence among young people is an aspect of their desire to create.
They don't know how to use their energy creatively
so they do the opposite and destroy.
- Anthony Burgess

It is a common enough case, that of a man being suddenly
captivated by a woman nearly the opposite of his ideal.
- George Eliot

Solitude gives birth to the original in us,
to beauty unfamiliar and perilous - to poetry.
But also, it gives birth to the opposite:
to the perverse,
the illicit, the absurd.
- Thomas Mann

The harder you try to become the opposite of your parents,
the more quickly you become them.
- Doug Coupland

I know quite a few farmers all over the United States
who have tried this and have said the opposite,
that they have to use more herbicides,
not less.
The same holds true with BT.
- Jeremy Rifkin

Pleasure and pain, though directly opposite are contrived
to be constant companions.
- Pierre Charron

Grandeur and beauty are so very opposite,
that you often diminish the one as you increase the other.
Variety is most akin to the latter, simplicity to the former.
- William Shenstone

The older you get, the more you realize you're drifting toward a direction,
and sometimes your significant other drifts into an opposite direction.
You can't blame anybody for it.
- Dido Armstrong

I had done my first picture and I didn't have anything to do for awhile.
I was asked to come back to New York and do Bus Stop
in the role of the cowboy opposite Kim Stanley.
- Dick York

To do the opposite of something is also a form of imitation,
namely an imitation of its opposite.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

I decided law was the exact opposite of sex;
even when it was good,
it was lousy.
- Mortimer Zuckerman

Whenever a situation develops to its extreme,
it is bound to turn around and become its opposite.
- Frank Capra

In my experience it's not essential to get on with
the person that you're acting opposite.
- Hugh Dancy

Sympathy for victims is always counter-balanced by
an equal and opposite feeling of resentment towards them.
- Ben Elton

Action and reaction are equal and opposite.
- Gertrude Stein

And the attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging to belief,
of holding on.
- Alan Watts

The same is the case with those opinions of man to
which he has been accustomed from his youth;
he likes them,
defends them, and shuns the opposite views.
- Maimonides

That's why I'm an actress, to do something completely opposite from myself.
- Taryn Manning

Peace, of course, is different from divorce;
indeed,
in essential respects, divorce is the opposite of peace.
- Douglas Feith

In society, one doesn't tell the truth,
one tells the exact opposite.
- Nelson Eddy

In science one tries to tell people,
in such a way as to be understood by everyone,
something that no one ever knew before.
But in poetry, it's the exact opposite.
- Paul Dirac

There's more to light than the opposite of dark.
- Ric Ocasek

The opposite of talking isn't listening.
The opposite of talking is waiting.
- Fran Lebowitz

Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty.
It is not.
It is the opposite of vulgarity.
- Coco Chanel


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